Category: Insects

A message from A1 on COVID-19

As we work together as a community and nation to better understand and mitigate the spread of the novel Coronavirus, we are all being asked to adhere to new guidelines and to do our best to practice social distancing. Please know that as protectors of public health, food and property, we take... more
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We are considered an Essential Service per the government so if you have any rodent, ant, termite or other pest issues, we can come to you and exterminate them! We have protocols set in place, if anyone is sick or feeling ill we cannot treat their residence or business. If there are no medical... more
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Tuesday Bug Tip | Springtime Flea and Tick Care Tips

Spring is now officially upon us. We've all had some time to adjust to Daylight Savings Time (except for those of you in Arizona) and the days are getting longer and warmer. Warm days and more sun lays the perfect opportunity for fleas to come out of hiding. Here's our tips for getting you dog... more
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Sneaky critters called Bed Bugs

Ants are painful, cockroaches are unsanitary, but bedbugs are just plain gross. That's reason enough to want to rid your home of them. They were almost exterminated from North America years ago because of insecticides that we no longer use. But because of new insect treatments that don't... more
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Carpenter bees (genus: Xylocopa)

Carpenter bees, also sometimes known as wood bees, don't have a great reputation. That's because they are the ones (the female workers, again) that bore into your wood and make a hole as neat and clean as if it was bored out with a power drill. The presence of sawdust on sills or stoops is an... more
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The Social Termite

Termites have a well ordered social system with amazing engineering capabilities and an acute survival instinct; they obtain moisture from the soil and moist decaying timber, and communicate using pheromone... more
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Carpenter Ants AKA Big Black Ants

Carpenter Ants are often referred to as "black ants" or "big black ants" although some species are not black and they are not always large.  In reality, there are thirty possible sizes for carpenter ants.  Larger ants indicate a more mature colony: one that has been located in the same area... more
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Bug Tip Tuesday | How can I get rid of cockroaches?

Intensive cleaning measures and pesticides should be used jointly to control cockroaches. Pesticides alone will not be successful, since the living environment must be physically changed first. Cleaning Preventing access to food, water, and shelter, and keeping a clean home are important... more
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Worker Termites

The workers are by far the largest cast in the termite colony and the one that does the damage; they are a creamy translucent colour, soft bodied and carry out all work in the nest, including gathering food (timber and other cellulose); constructing tunnels; repairing and enlarging the colony... more
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Inspection Clues for carpenter ants

Carpenter ants are very common in areas that have a high water table. They seek out high moisture areas in and around structures. Though not always, when carpenter ants are found in a structure, they are there because of a moisture problem. Carpenter ants usually nest either in damp wood or... more
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